Wrong Way #1 is the introduction to a world that is more about real life issues and less about imaginary heroes in capes and tights. And that fact, by far, is the best thing that is going for this book.

Wrong Way follows the everyday dealings of Trey Miller, a down and out cartoonist that isn’t respected for his ambition. His wife, Madison, tends to nag him about every little thing. His dad? His dad thinks that he should leave the comics alone and help with the family business. The only one that is supportive of his dreams and aspirations is his mom. In short, Trey is your typical hopeful burned out from reality.

Trey isn’t good enough for his wife and his own father, but he was always good enough for Allison.

Allison was that long-lost love that appeared to Trey back in 1998. With multicolored hair and flirtatious grace, she introduces herself by surprising him, smoking with him, and leaving. Thrown off by her beautiful boldness, Trey couldn’t stop talking about her. Fast-forward to the present (2011), Trey sees her picture in a newspaper article. After having a rough time at Thanksgiving dinner, he decides to make a faithful decision.

Trey Miller is going to go find Allison.

Wrong Way – The Impression

There are two things that make this comic work: its relatability and its contrasts.

Any person in the United States (and possibly worldwide) can find themselves in this story. This story focuses on the propensity for many of us to forgo happiness for the haven of reliability and conformity. Trey’s last shred of true happiness is his cartooning and even that is being threatened. Yet, the sighting of Allison is his one last gasp at reclaiming what is rightfully his: a happy life. This relatability will capture readers because many people live this daily.

Yet, it is the contrasts that really focus on the thematic idea of fighting off mediocrity for past excitement. Each scene that happens in the present (2011) is masterfully done in black and white. In contrast, any situation from Trey’s past is rendered in color. And it makes sense. His present life is in the doldrums. But, Trey’s past life was full of excitement, foolhardy actions, and the thrill of the unknown. It is that contrast that really shifts the story into gear for the upcoming issues.

Therefore, it must be noted that the writing and artwork are masterfully done. Martin Dunn’s wording and dialogue doesn’t come off extremely wordy. Yet, he still lets his characters demonstrate their best/worst attributes. Cori Walter’s artwork switches between the visually mundane and the colorful brashness of punk rock graffiti. Adding the lyrics to songs in certain scenes make the reminiscing connection that much more real. When the words and the visuals come together correctly, there is no way of avoiding being enthralled by Dunn and Walter’s universe.

Wrong Way – Conclusion

Wrong Way – An American Punk Story is one of those books that is extremely real and relevant. Using realistic fiction, Martin Dunn crafts an impressive story about a man that wants “that old feeling back”. Cori Walters impressively switches between the vibrancy of youth and the doldrums of middle age mediocrity. Being independently forged by CAE Studios, Wrong Way – An American Punk Story won’t be seen by the masses. And that is a shame: this is a book that could easily relieve the stress of modern times.

You can find the book here: Wrong Way Comixology

You can visit CAE Studios here: http://www.comicconartists.net/

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